daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: “It’s like we’ve become House of Cards,” PC activist says of party nomination interference

“It’s like we’ve become House of Cards,” is how one Progressive Conservative Party member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described their party’s candidate nomination process. With a rush of nomination contests being held in advance of a spring provincial election in Alberta,… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Tuesday candidate nomination update in Alberta

Alberta’s New Democrats demonstrated some organizational strength last weekend as close to 400 supporters packed the TransAlta Arts Barns to watch party leader Rachel Notley accept the nomination to be a candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona. On hand for the unofficial NDP… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Saturday Morning election nomination updates in Alberta

From Lethbridge to Rimbey and Peace River to Cochrane, here is your Saturday morning candidate nomination update: Airdrie: Mayor of Airdrie Peter Brown announced this week that he will seek the Progressive Conservative nomination. Mr. Brown was first elected Mayor in 2010. The… Continue Reading →

Alberta Diary: If Alison Redford won’t voluntarily step aside, Alberta’s Tories are likely finished

Alberta Premier Cruella de Vil brings some of her rebellious MLAs to heel. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: High-profile caucus rebel Donna Kennedy-Glans; Stephen Mandel, former mayor of Edmonton and about the only person who could unseal the Alberta Tories’ doom at this late hour. The departure yesterday morning of ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Kerry Diotte to run for federal Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Griesbach

Tweet Former City Councillor and mayor candidate Kerry Diotte announced on his Facebook page today that he plans to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the new Edmonton-Griesbach riding. Mr. Diotte represented Ward 11 on Edmonton City Council from 2010 until 2013. He ran against Don Iveson for mayor in the 2013 election, placing ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: MLA Janice Sarich not jumping into federal politics

TweetEdmonton-Decore Progressive Conservative MLA Janice Sarich released this statement this morning announcing that she will not seek the Conservative Party nomination in the new federal riding of Edmonton-Griesbach: After a thorough exploration I have decided not to pursue a nomination for the federal Conservative Party of Canada. I have been asked about the possibility on ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this week. ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination races begin for federal election 2015

TweetThere are 705 days until Monday, October 19, 2015, when the next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held. With less than two years until Canadians choose who will serve as Members of Parliament and with new electoral boundaries coming into effect at the next election, candidates across Alberta are preparing to seek party ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: How Brent Rathgeber changed Edmontons political map and why the Tories might like it

TweetEdmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber unleashed a political storm last night when he announced on Twitter that he is leaving the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. Initially citing a “a lack of commitment to transparency and open government,” he expanded his criticisms to the control Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s office exercises over backbench MPs as interfering with ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Tories tighten their grip over powerless school boards.

TweetProvincial politicians like school boards. When popular decisions are made, like opening new schools or announcing new funding, the provincial government takes the credit. When unpopular decisions need to be made, like closing schools or cancelling programs, then the provincial politicians are more than happy to let the school board trustees take the blame. As ...

Alberta Diary: Taxpayers and students have a right to know what’s happening at Athabasca University

Athabasca University from the air, with the town of Athabasca in the background. Below: Former VP Academic Margaret Haughey, President Frits Pannekoek and former VP IT Brian Stewart. What the heck is going on at Athabasca University? It was revealed to the university’s faculty earlier this week that four senior administrators have left the on-line ...